REVIEW: FORGIVE YOURSELF THESE TINY ACTS OF SELF-DESTRUCTION – JARED SINGER (BUTTON POETRY)

FORGIVE YOURSELF THESE TINY ACTS OF SELF-DESTRUCTION – JARED SINGER @buttonpoetry
“…a manual for the last kid in the kickball line. It’s a must-read for those who can’t remember why they need to remember. It’s for those who sometimes forget they matter.” Continue reading REVIEW: FORGIVE YOURSELF THESE TINY ACTS OF SELF-DESTRUCTION – JARED SINGER (BUTTON POETRY)

#TPQ5: SAMUEL DODSON

The Inevitable Gift Shop – Will Eaves This collection of mini vignettes of fiction and non fiction, as well as poetry, is beautifully written and frequently hilarious– “really what tortoises teach you about is abusive relationships”. It’s a book that demands to be read and re-read – and then re-read again; both front to back, back to front, and in all other manner of combinations. … Continue reading #TPQ5: SAMUEL DODSON

THE POWER OF POETRY #12: “THE POWER OF GRIEF” – KIERAN COLLIER

   Power of Grief       – Kieran Collier I. My mother passed when I was 14. I say passed because it’s gentle in the same way she was. I could say she was taken from us, killed by ALS, but then the disease would be the subject instead of her. Or, she died, which always sounds so passive. As if she didn’t put up … Continue reading THE POWER OF POETRY #12: “THE POWER OF GRIEF” – KIERAN COLLIER

THE POWER OF POETRY #7: BLYTHE BAIRD

   THE POWER OF POETRY By Blythe Baird The first time I was exposed to spoken word poetry, I was a sophomore in high school. It was a strike of pure luck. My first day back at school after months of intensive rehabilitation for mental and physical health issues, a special event called Writers Week was happening. I sulked into the auditorium with my English … Continue reading THE POWER OF POETRY #7: BLYTHE BAIRD

REVIEW: BLOOD PERCUSSION – NATE MARSHALL (BUTTON POETRY / EXPLODING PINECONE PRESS)

Sprinkle my ashes across the north side of Chicago & the surrounding suburbs.   the south side has seen too many black boys become the end of a flame. “In the Event of My Demise”  After reading the introduction to Nate Marshall’s Blood Percussion, I was deeply moved, but a little worried that the pieces would be so grounded in the world of Chicago, that … Continue reading REVIEW: BLOOD PERCUSSION – NATE MARSHALL (BUTTON POETRY / EXPLODING PINECONE PRESS)

REVIEW: OUR NUMBERED DAYS – NEIL HILBORN (BUTTON POETRY)

    To say I hate you would imply a world in which I kissed more than your stomach. Look, we’ve established that I’m a jerk, so let me say this: I am a flat tire and you are a pothole full of lug nuts. I am a pile of bricks and you are holding a sledgehammer, which is to say I would not exist … Continue reading REVIEW: OUR NUMBERED DAYS – NEIL HILBORN (BUTTON POETRY)

REVIEW: When the Gardener Has Left – KIERAN COLLIER (EMERSON COLLEGE)

  “She told me that she bought the ring in San Francisco at an outdoor market. I like to imagine she was watching the Pacific hold the coast the same way she would hold my father later that night. My father is a shore, my mother is an ocean; when they are together you cannot tell where one ends and the other begins.” I am … Continue reading REVIEW: When the Gardener Has Left – KIERAN COLLIER (EMERSON COLLEGE)

REVIEW: PORTLAND POETRY SLAM – SO, WHAT? (Where Are You Press)

From “A Letter From My Well-Adjusted Adult Self (Whenever That Will Be) To My Current Mid-Twenties Self”  To get out of bed on a good day with depression, the ghost of your hope still needs to hop up first, pick up the frame, and shake you out. – Leyna Rynearson I feel pretty honored to live a mere 15 minutes from where the Portland Poetry … Continue reading REVIEW: PORTLAND POETRY SLAM – SO, WHAT? (Where Are You Press)

REVIEW: KRISTINA MARIE DARLING – VOW

    We are made and unmade by those we love: expectant white backdrop against which shots are fired at a distance. In a world with a divorce rate north of 50%, it feels sort of refreshing – in a darker way – to read about the tragedy of innocence lost after a wedding day. Kristina Marie Darling’s Vow is an honest inner-monologue where our speaker … Continue reading REVIEW: KRISTINA MARIE DARLING – VOW

REVIEW: MOLLY GAUDRY – WILD THING

from “Fairy Tale” She was just beginning to get her wings back when she hit a rock and crashed headfirst into the cement. Molly Gaudry’s Wild Thing is here to remind us that we exist until we don’t, and whatever do in the meantime, well, that’s called surviving. I really like this little 49 page pamphlet, but I’m not sure how it makes me feel. It’s well … Continue reading REVIEW: MOLLY GAUDRY – WILD THING

REVIEW: JOANNA PENN COOPER – WHAT IS A DOMICLE

  from “Crown” In this photograph, I am a girl child. My thoughts come out in my hands and my hair. If only I could realize it. Be just the person I just am. With What is a Domicile, Joanna Penn Cooper has essentially written the ironic version of “Easy Like Sunday Morning.” Where Lionel sings: Why in the world Would anybody put chains on me? … Continue reading REVIEW: JOANNA PENN COOPER – WHAT IS A DOMICLE

REVIEW: EMILY BLUDWORTH de BARRIOS – EXTRAORDINARY POWER

  “An awful silence reigned throughout those subterraneous regions,” Just be yourself is not such good advice. In that it presumes the self is a defined entity which one wishes to hide. When the self is in fact just loose. One works to define a context for one’s life. It’s a glass-half-empty-but-at-least-that-half-is-whiskey sort of theme for Emily Bludworth de Barrios’ Extraordinary Power. With its titles taken from Horace Walpole’s … Continue reading REVIEW: EMILY BLUDWORTH de BARRIOS – EXTRAORDINARY POWER